RHINO-TURF ATTENDS CC GRASS 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN CHINA

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Reg Clark and Jonathan Gallagher with CCG CEO Qiangzhong Wang.

The range of artificial turf products sold by our licensed operation Rhino-Turf is made exclusively for us for CoCreation Grass based in Nanjing in China. CCG is a remarkable success story – the company has in 10 years gone from a start up to the world’s biggest manufacturer of artificial turf for both the landscaping and sporting sectors. Last weekend CCG celebrated its 10th anniversary with a series of events – factory tour, seminar, banquet, games day and open air concert and barbeque – to formally open its state of the art new factory/industrial park in the Huaian region of Jiangsu province, 3 hours from Nanjing. The event was attended by over 300 guests both domestic and international, including representatives of FIFA for whom CCG are a Preferred Supplier. Rhino was proud to be represented by Group CEO Reg Clark and Rhino-Turf MD Jonathan Gallagher, together with William Allan and Rene van Hintum from Europe and Robert Taylor from New Zealand. We send our congratulations to the founders and owners of the business the Wang Brothers, and all of CC Grass’s remarkable workforce on their achievements in recent years and for their tremendous hospitality on this occasion. The artificial grass market is one of Rhino’s fastest growing product areas. Having previously provided training pitches to Chelsea FC and London Irish RFC, and a state of the art main match pitch for Ealing Trailfinders RFC in the UK, Rhino-Turf have gone on recently to complete three projects in New Zealand, two in Singapore, one in Kuala Lumpur and a further two in Cape Town, South Africa.

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October 22, 2014 — 1
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RHINO COLLISION KING PLAYS VITAL ROLE IN CONNACHT’S HISTORIC VICTORY IN TOULOUSE

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Rhino Rugby Ireland’s Barry Brennan and Pam Lam at practice on the Rhino Collision King during Connacht training.
Rhino Ireland were delighted to become an Official Supplier of Connacht Rugby this season and all at Rhino send our heartiest congratulations to Connacht on their recent historic Heineken Cup away victory over European rugby giants Toulouse. A large contribution to the victory came from a massive Connacht effort at the breakdown, and coach Pat Lam was quick to credit the role of Rhino equipment delivered to their Galway training facilities this season: “Everything we do at Connacht Rugby is geared towards improving the players and the team skills and the new equipment from Rhino Rugby has been extremely beneficial in helping us achieve this. The Collision King in particular has helped us improve our breakdown which is a critical part of our game”.
This was Toulouse’s first home defeat in European competition for 5 years, and Pat Lam afterwards compared it as a career highlight to his role in captaining Samoa to victory over Wales in the Rugby World Cup. Connacht are already positioning themselves as a strong contender for the ‘Rhino Collision Kings’ title awarded each year at the RaboDirect PRO12 Awards to the side with the strongest performance at the breakdown – won in the last two seasons by the Glasgow Warriors and the Llanelli Scarlets.
December 20, 2013 — 1

Rhino Rugby Launch in Australia

Rhino Rugby has branched out to Australia! So here's a quick video of what happened on launch day.
December 17, 2013 — 2

RHINO SPONSORS MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT FOR JAPANESE DIPLOMAT

Last Saturday Rhino once more sponsored the annual tournament hosted by Oxford University RFC at the Iffley Road ground in honour of Ambassador Katsuhiko Oku, the first Japanese national ever to represent the Blues XV in the early 1980’s. This year marked the 10th anniversary of Oku’s tragic death whilst on diplomatic duty in Iraq, and the Japanese Ambassador His Excellency Keichi Hayashi presented a new trophy to mark the occasion, donated by former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori in his capacity as President of the Japan RFU, to the winning captain Tom Clark of the Kew Occasionals. Kew defeated a combined Vincent’s Club and Hertford College XV and London Japanese in a three team tournament. Oku is remembered not only for his contribution to the international post-war reconstruction programme in Iraq, but also for his massive contribution to Japan’s efforts to stage the Rugby World Cup and the award of the tournament in 2019 is widely regarded as part of his legacy. The opening game of the tournament was refereed by Paul Farrelly MP, representing the Lords & Commons RFC.
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December 10, 2013 — 1

Rhino Rugby gets its Haka face on!

Rhino Rugby recently ran a social media competition for our followers, they showed us their Haka face and the top five won a goodie box! So after sifting through some truly brilliant entries across Facebook and Twitter, here are our final five winners! BavPwXDCUAArSPK Kiri Fisher BavHfWmIcAAQYYz   Robbie Craig Baum_I3IMAAdRAS   Steven Horner Ba552uTCcAAcxtc   Coach CoCo 1474499_10152032279720865_1500270740_n William Slade Well done guys and girls, excellent efforts and your goodie boxes are on their way!
December 09, 2013 — 2
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This week's Heineken Cup - a review!

ERC-TB-Logo-Heineken It was a fantastic weekend for Irish fans, with all four Irish teams claiming important wins. Leinster showed off some old flare, with Brian O'Driscoll coming to the fore and proving that he's still got plenty of magic left. Northampton Saints were left struggling to gain a foothold and went down 7-40 to the visitors. Connacht managed to edge an impressive 14-16 away victory over Toulouse, leaving their supporters overjoyed. Meanwhile, Munster and Ulster both shone at home, both collecting bonus point wins. Munster grabbed a 36-8 win over Perpignan while Benetton Treviso were hit with a 48-0 defeat as Ulster proved that Ravenhill is a formidable fortress. Elsewhere, Pool 1 saw Castres overtake Northampton in the table due to their 15-9 win over Ospreys. The Welsh side have again failed to make an impact in the tournament this year and remain rooted to the bottom of the rankings. Pool 2 remains tight as Toulon leap to the top thanks to a 9-14 away win over Exeter Chiefs. Cardiff Blue's 29-20 victory over Glasgow Warriors moves them into second place, just a point adrift of Toulon. Glasgow have sunk all the way to the bottom of table, in a Heineken Cup that is yet to hot up for the usually dangerous Scots. You can't get closer than Toulouse and Saracens in Pool 3, with them both vying for the top spot with 10 points apiece. Toulouse are now under pressure after the dramatic loss of the weekend and Saracens had an easy 10-39 win over Zebre to keep the heat on. Pool 4 sees French clubs at the either end of the rankings, with Clermont rising to the top after thrashing Scarlets 11-32. Meanwhile, Racing bring up the rear after taking a 8-32 defeat from Harlequins, with Quins moving up to second thanks to their solid performance. Everything remains the same in Pool 5, with Ulster reigning and Treviso failing to gain any points. Leicester Tigers stay in second and in touching distance of the Irish club after taking down Montpellier 41-32 in a frenetic match that was probably the most entertaining of the round. Pool 6 sees Munster move up to the top, followed closely by Gloucester who have had a good start to the competition, despite their poor showing in the Aviva Premiership. Gloucester fought to a 12-23 victory over Edinburgh to steal the second place slot. Meanwhile, Perpignan are loitering at the bottom and have a lot of work to do if they are to break away from fourth position.
December 09, 2013 — 2

New minis club competition

Rhino Rugby has launched a new social media competition for clubs with minis teams! All the club has to do is send us a photo of their minis to enter the draw for three packs of boys shirts. Each pack contains 26 shirts ranging in size from age 4 to age 10 and will be posted to the three clubs who are chosen. Photos of minis should be posted on the Rhino Rugby Facebook page or tweeted to @rhino_rugby, if you are worried about social media directives for U18s then just direct message us the photo instead. The competition ends Friday 13th December so you have a week to get snapping! Players can be from any age group of the minis and can be playing, training or posing in their club kit. Good luck! Jpeg Jpeg
December 06, 2013 — 2

Rhino team up with #rugbyunited

rugbyunited Rhino Rugby are proud to announce that they will be partnering up with online movement #rugbyunited. Based mainly on Twitter, #rugbyunited aim to strengthen the online rugby community with their series of social media acounts, hashtag and blog (http://blog.rugbyunited.info/). They provide platforms for an open forum on the sport and their work highlights what makes rugby so special. Rhino will be helping them to bring together fans, players and clubs online by using the hashtag and providing competition prizes. We are very happy to be involved in a movement which brings together so many and allows rugby to be at the fore. Please visit the #rugbyunited website, www.rugbyunited.info, for further details and, of course, get involved on Twitter!
December 06, 2013 — 2

Rhino Rugby 2013 - a good year!

December 04, 2013 — 2

RHINO VORTEX ELITE BALL PRODUCES EXTRAORDINARY GOALKICKING STATS IN RABODIRECT PRO12

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Ian Madigan of Leinster receives the Rhino Golden Boot Award for 2012-13 from Rhino CEO Reg Clark.
Rhino has been very proud of the goalkicking statistics for the last two seasons produced by the Rhino Vortex Elite Ball in the RaboDirect PRO12 competition. In 2011-12 Jonathan Sexton of Leinster won the Rhino Golden Boot Award with a 90% success rate; last season Leigh Halfpenny of the Cardiff Blues and Ian Madigan of Leinster tied on 86.96% with the latter winning the award on count-back vortex-ballAfter 9 rounds of the 2013-14 competition, no less than 15 players are at 80% and over and a remarkable 4 players are over 90%, with JJ Hanrahan of Munster leading with an outstanding 95.83% from 23 successful kicks out of 24. He is just ahead of Mat Berquist of Benetton Treviso with 91.30%, Duncan Weir of Glasgow Warriors with 90.91% and Aled Thomas of the Scarlets with 90.00%. Ian Madigan and Leigh Halfpenny are once more nip and tuck at 8th and 9th position in the Rhino Golden Boot Award table and can be expected to challenge again for the prize as the season progresses.
December 03, 2013 — 1
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RHINO BRAND AMBASSADORS STAR IN HEROIC ENGLAND RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP EFFORT

Rhino’s rugby league Ambassadors Ryan Hall and James Roby were prominent in England’s compelling and ultimately tragic Rugby League World Cup semi final effort against New Zealand at Wembley on Saturday. Both players had very strong games in an England effort that on balance had done enough to deserve victory but all credit to New Zealand for holding their nerve and clinically executing the winning try with 10 seconds remaining (Ireland rugby union fans will recognise the phenomenon!). The Sonny Bill Williams legend continues to grow as he will become next week the first person to play in World Cup finals in both rugby codes having already collected a winners medal with the All Blacks at Eden Park in 2011.

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November 25, 2013 — 1

IRB CHAIRMAN AND CEO VISIT RHINO AT CONFEX IN DUBLIN

IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset and CEO Brett Gosper took time out today from the IRB Conference in Dublin to visit the Rhino Rugby stand at the inaugural IRB Exhibition.

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Above: Brett Gosper tries a Rhino hit shield.

Left:Rhino CEO Reg Clark with the Webb Ellis Trophy which was returned to the IRB by All Black Rugby World Cup winning captain Richie McCaw in a ceremony at the Aviva Stadium last night.

November 19, 2013 — 1
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